How to apply Japanese minimalist, Zen design to your home?

If you want to introduce Zen-taste minimalist design, what are the tips? There are several critical Zen aesthetics such as “subtraction”, “condensation” and “absence” that strongly influenced modern minimalist design. Find them through MUJI and other iconic product design.

Anonymous is beautiful: “The Profiles of Design” by Naoto Fukasawa

Japanese product designer Naoto Fukasawa quotes from his book “The Profile of Design.” Find where his minimalist, quiet yet powerful design came from.

Why is MUJI’s minimalist design called Zen?

The Japanese household brand MUJI is often dubbed “commercial Zen” for its no-frills, minimalist design and approach. But exactly what kind of Zen aesthetics are seen in MUJI? Two prominent designers Kenya Hara and Naoto Fukasawa give us inspiring clues.

Kenya Hara, Japanese “emptiness” aesthetics guru, on decluttering (2)

Japanese graphic designer Kenya Hara is known for his “emptiness” design philosophy as you can see in MUJI products. He says we shouldn’t own too much because it will ruin the beauty of our living environment. Find his take on decluttering to live a truly rich live.

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White products photo gallery

All kinds of white products, from porcelain to The White Album.

MUJI x UR: MUJI beautifully fixes-up old-fashioned urban apartments

MUJI has been working with the Japanese UR (Urban Renaissance Agency) to re-define and re-invigorate danchi, old-style condo complex that house thousands of residents at one location.

Furoshiki & Tenugui: Life-sized origami lifehack

Furoshiki and tenugui are traditional Japanese items made of cloth. They come in cool design and unbelievable versatility. Find various ways to use them, not just as gift wraps or wash clothes.

Kare-sansui (Japanese Zen rock garden): ultimate beauty of absence

MUJI House: 15 years, 4 models to help owners design their own unique life style

MUJI entered the home building business in 2004 (only in Japan) with the model 木の家 (Ki no Ie, Wood House) to provide a simple, universal, compact yet highly editable platform that is meant to last for decades. It added its forth product 陽の家 (Yō no Ie, Sun House) in 2019, marking its 15th year. Find more about MUJI house.